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What to Expect During Chemotherapy Treatment

Over the course of your chemo treatment at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, you may receive one drug or a combination of drugs.

We may also combine chemotherapy with other therapeutic approaches.

How Will I Receive Chemotherapy?

You might receive chemo by:

  • Mouth
  • Injection
  • IV

An oncology nurse or doctor will administer your treatment.

You may receive chemotherapy in a few different settings:

  • The hospital
  • An outpatient care center
  • A doctor's office
  • At home.

How Long is a Treatment Session?

The length of each chemo treatment session depends on:

  • The drugs used.
  • The specific type of treatment.
  • Whether you need any testing before treatment begins.

Your nurse can tell you how long you should expect each treatment session to last.

How Often Will I Need Chemotherapy?

Cancer doctors usually give chemotherapy in cycles, with a break between cycles so the body can rest.

The length of your treatment plan depends on what kind of cancer you have and how well it responds.

In most cases, your oncologist can give you a basic idea of how long you will continue chemo. It's possible for this to change during treatment.

Contact Us About Chemotherapy at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

To learn more about chemo or other medical oncology treatments at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, call us at 412-647-2811.

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